New Student Visa route
On 5 October 2020, UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) introduced a new immigration system that includes a new Student Visa route. The Student Visa is replacing Tier 4 so, over the next few months, we will replace the term "Tier 4" where this is mentioned on our webpages and in documents, and will instead refer to the "Student Visa route".
We do not anticipate that there will be any significant changes in visa requirements for our current Tier 4 students, but we will advise students further once the full immigration rules for the new route are published and in use.
Applying for a Student visa (formerly Tier 4 General)
Please read the information on UKCISA website carefully before applying.
Tell us you'll be making a Student visa application in the UK and you'll be fully supported by International Student Advice (ISA). We'll email you when your Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) is ready to let you know about our services and to book you an appointment with an advisor.
We provide a service for suitable applications for standard, priority and premium applications. This means we will check your application and documents and take them from you for posting. We'll then act as your correspondent and deal with any UKVI queries on your behalf.
Find out more about how to submit your application and what documents you will need.
To apply for a Student visa (formerly Tier 4) extension from within the UK you must:
- hold an unconditional offer for a full-time course (or be a continuing student) at the University of Plymouth and have been issued with a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS)
- meet academic progression requirements (contact ISA if you are unsure)
- have applied for and received an Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS) clearance certificate, if your University of Plymouth course requires it (mostly PhD courses) — this can take several weeks so make sure you leave enough time
- have a current Student visa where you are currently sponsored by an HEI, an Independent School or an embedded college, or have a Tier 4 (Child) student visa or be a migrant with a Skilled Worker visa (formerly Tier 2)
- prove that you can pay for your course and living cost
- hold a visa that doesn't expire more than 28 days before your new course is due to start if you're applying for a Student visa extension for a new course
- have spent less than five years studying at degree level in the UK on a student visa by the time you complete your new/current course (with exceptions including PhD studies).